Harry PotterWhen it comes to providing bewitchment for the buck, Harry Potter has notched mesmerizing numbers over the years.

Fans who bought all seven Harry Potter hardcover books, attended all eight movies in their first run, and purchased every DVD paid an average total of $401.08, according to DailyFinance research. Followers will fork over another $20 to $30 for the DVD or Blu-Ray of the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, several months from now.

"I think $400 spread out over 12 years and two different media [books and movies] is not a bad investment," John Altieri said outside a Brooklyn, N.Y., theater screening of Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Altieri's wife, Krista, pointed out that the books could be reread and passed around. "I guess the amount seems high out of pocket, but a lot of people share," she said.

Harry PotterAmericans could buy J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, in 1998 for $24.99, according to Amazon (AMZN). The last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, retailed for $34.99 in 2007. The first Warner Bros. (TWX) film adaptation premiered in 2001, when the average movie ticket cost $5.65, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. The cinematic finale, adapted from the second half of Rowling's swan song novel, is packing them in at an average of $10.85 a pop for the non-IMAX 3-D version.

"I think the movies were worth it," said Priyanka, 12, after she emerged from a Deathly Hallows: Part 2 screening.

Other patrons at the Pavilion cineplex in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood were less than spellbound when they heard the $401.08 figure. "That's a little steep," Kevin O'Donnell said. "It just sounds a bit pricey." O'Donnell owns three of the DVDs, incidentally. Elisa, 15, said, "It's not necessarily the best deal. The last one was not as interesting."

In an opinion for the digital age, Shaziah, 12, offered an easy way to slash a lot off the Potter total -- no hocus-pocus required. "We could just watch the movies," she said. "You don't need to read the books."

Note that the prices of past books and films quoted here were not adjusted for inflation. We also didn't include any Potter toys, tie-ins or other publications associated with the franchise. Nor did we take into account repeat ticket buyers either. So perhaps the derivation of the cost of Potter-mania isn't an exact science -- but what do you expect from a saga about a boy wizard with a magic wand?

Lily Dodd, 13, of Palo Alto, Calif., has read every book and seen every film in the theater and on DVD. She also has visited the Edinburgh cafe where Rowling began writing Harry Potter, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. But the series has had an impact far beyond entertainment value, she said. She was inspired to write fiction and start a Harry Potter charity at her school that provided books for another school.

"It changed my life," she said.

Can't put a price on that.

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I woulnt let my nine year see the movies untill she had read the books. She has read allof the books and seen all the movies. The comment about not needing to read the books was just sad.

July 23 2011 at 1:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This isn't the price of "serious" fandom. A real fan for ANY fandom does not limit themselves to simply books and movies. You HAVE to take into account the cost of costumes, props, toys even. Only then will you get the REAL cost of what it means to be a fan. Those $400 are nothing compared to what I've spent on my HP collection, and I don't regret a penny of it.

July 22 2011 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to EmVee's comment

plus im sure youve been to florida for the wizarding world

July 22 2011 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There's something wrong with that girl that said that we should just watch the movies, we don't need to read the books. Something seriously wrong.

July 21 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Sarah's comment

I thought the same thing when I saw that. That girl must hate reading, or simply is too lazy to read. I do not want to be judgmental, but I strongly agree with you, Sarah.

July 22 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gordon Ricker

Yeah, I mean... if a kid is unable to concentrate to read by themselves, then there is still the audiobooks. Which a kid could listen to in the privacy of their iPod headphones, and no one would even have to... know that they're doing something as shameful and uncool as ... "reading" a book.

July 23 2011 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Here we have one young person inspired to start a charity so that other children can have books to read. And so many people want to complain about how "evil" these books are because the main character is a wizard.

July 21 2011 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply